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10 Reasons for Choosing Bamboo Flooring

10 Reasons to Choose Bamboo FlooringWant quality flooring that goes beyond chemical-laden linoleum? Bamboo flooring is not only a "green" alternative, but it makes a beautiful addition to a home. When most people think of bamboo flooring, they picture green stalks that would better serve as a panda’s breakfast than a dining room floor.  The reality is that bamboo actually creates beautiful wooden floors that add a touch of the exotic, while being extremely natural. Bamboo is a very versatile plant that is quite sustainable, being one of the fastest growing plants on Earth. Here are 10 reasons you should choose bamboo flooring in your home.

  1. Bamboo is Stronger Than Oak
    Heartier than trees that take generations to grow, bamboo provides a sturdy quality flooring that doesn’t cut down the forest. In fact, bamboo is stronger than steel and is even being used in bike frames for its lightweight strength. Because it is so resilient, bamboo won’t wear out or get scratched like some of the more traditional hardwood floors.

  2. Bamboo is Environmentally Sustainable
    Bamboo grows like a weed, which it practically is, but makes a very viable construction material. There’s no reason to cut down a tree that’s been growing for generations when a 4-month-old bamboo crop provides more durability.

  3. Bamboo Flooring is Easy To Install
    It makes a good do-it-yourself job. It can even be easily added on top of wood, vinyl and plywood. They’ll never know how ugly your floor really used to be until they tear up the bamboo floor in a hundred years when it finally wears out.

  4. Bamboo is Affordable
    Bamboo costs 25% to 50% less than most hardwood flooring, but is easier to take care of, and is more durable.

  5. Bamboo is Ideal For Allergies
    Because bamboo does not harbor dust or mites, it’s much better for people who suffer allergies and asthma attacks. Your family won’t be allergic to this floor.

  6. Bamboo is Easy To Maintain
    Bamboo is very easy to clean, as well as maintain. All you need to do is go over it with a dry mop or slightly damp mop. A soft, moist cloth will easily remove stains. Though bamboo is naturally water-resistant, avoid excess moisture. Abrasive cleaners and harsh detergents are not necessary. Moreover, they are not recommended as they may damage your floor.

  7. Bamboo is Beautiful
    Although bamboo is essentially a grass product, it gives off the look of a hardwood floor with an exotic appeal. Bamboo features the growing properties of grass, but the strength and appeal of hardwood. Bamboo has a slightly different look than hardwood, however, for a more exotic beauty. Its tight grains give a pleasing uniformity. You can add variety to the color by carbonizing the bamboo with steam that interacts with the sugars of the plant for an attractive dark honey color.

  8. Bamboo Repels Water
    In its natural environment, bamboo is water-resistant. The lamination process makes the bamboo even more resistant to the warping and gapping that occurs to other hardwood floors due to moisture. It’s an excellent floor for kitchens and bathrooms.

  9. Bamboo Lasts For Decades
    With proper care, your floor can last for a 100 years and still look great. Plant a bamboo floor, and chances are your grandchildren will get compliments on it long after you’re dead.

  10. Bamboo is Environmentally Sustainable
    Bamboo is an ecologically sensible choice for the environmentally conscious homeowner because it literally grows like a weed but is as hearty as a tree. Bamboo’s astonishing growth rates replace mature fibers every three and a half years, compared to forty to fifty years for traditional timber.

Comments

Good point. I hadn't thought

Good point. I hadn't thought about it quite that way. :)

Bamboo is incredibly

Bamboo is incredibly versatile and the number of products that can be created with it has yet to be reached. This blog attempts to keep you updated on the latest and greatest bamboo developments. Keep checking back for more new and interesting things being done with bamboo. Thanks for reading.

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